Stacking The Shelves [#93]/Sunday Post [#25]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


So remember that Zombie Apocalypse series I started last week? Yeah, I bought the next books in the series. :D


I won these ARCs from Liza @ Quite The Novel Idea! She held a twitter giveaway a few weeks ago and I won it! :) I'm super excited to read these!! :D Thanks Liza! 

So I read Sky In The Deep this week and guys, it was AMAZING! It's my first 5 Star read of the year. I highly suggest it! It's a book I'll definitely be buying for my shelves once it comes out! :D It is just full of viking awesomeness and so well written! 

I also posted my first discussion post this week! Stop by and chat with me on it if you'd like! I'm gonna try and post a discussion post at least once a week. But if not, at least once every other week. 

So this week has actually been a pretty relaxing week. It's been the first week in ages we haven't had a lot of stuff to do or deal with. Ana got some early Easter gifts from Nana and Granddad visiting her this week. We've developed a little relaxing routine this week of sitting on the patio for a bit drinking tea and reading on our kindles. Ana has fun coloring with her sidewalk chalk while we're reading. It's been a really nice week!

As always, there's plenty of time to sign up for the 2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge! I'd love to have you join!


The Red Queen Read-Along will be starting this upcoming week on Monday (the 2nd). If you'd like to join in and read Red Queen with me I'd love to have you link up! It's super low stress! I'm excited to finally get started with the series! More Info is on the linked post!


Review of Wasteland (Surviving The Evacuation #2) by Frank Tayell
Review of Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber
Review of The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories #1) by Bernard Cornwell

March Wrap-Up & April TBR

So I didn't get as many books read for the Take Control of Your TBR Challenge like I wanted, but I'm still happy with my reads throughout March. I did manage to read 3 of the books I featured in my TBR for this month though. :)

So here's what I read in March, reviews are linked!

My reading really picked up this month compared to January & February, so I'm pretty excited I've got back into my reading groove.

My absolute fave read of March, and quite frankly of this year so far is Sky In The Deep! This book was all kinds of amazing! If you have an advanced copy in any form of this, go read it now!!! :D

I wrote my first discussion post this month!


I also attended the Tucson Festival of Books! I met some pretty cool authors including Holly Black, Kristen Simmons, Zoraida Cordova, & Jessica Spotswood. Check out my recap here:

So these are the books I'm eyeing for April. I'm going with what strikes my mood, but I can definitely say based on my current reading mood, I feel like I should get through a fair amount of these. :)

So a lot of these I'm feeling the pull to read, so I'm hoping to get them knocked out this month. I'm hosting a read-along of Red Queen the entire month of April so I'll be working my way through it without too much stress. I think it's gonna be a good reading month! :)

Review: Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky In The Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Pages: 352
Format: Galley/NetGalley for Review

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Review: So I actually enjoyed this more than I was expecting I would! I haven't read many books taking place in the viking times. So I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it. But I loved this! I enjoyed how it was a quick smooth read. I think it had a really good mix of things! We get battles between clans, blood feuds, blood bonds, anger, hate, love, growth, change! We also see family be a primary part of the story for everyone. Everyone cared deeply for their family whether they were family by blood or bond. I can't say much more about family since it's a big part of the story and could spoil things, but it was fantastic seeing these bonds and how they affected the story. 

The language used by the vikings in this book was also quite enjoyable to read. I'm not usually the biggest fan of tossing in other language, but I think it worked well in this book. It was brought in when talking about love, bonds, caring. It was brought in when something with a powerful meaning was brought up. I liked that because it showed the importance and weight of those things. 

One thing I really liked about this book was that there was no insta-love. Eelyn is a fierce warrior focused only on fighting and protecting her clan. Her focus changes to getting answers and survival in a few different ways as the story goes on. But she never set out thinking, hey, this guy is cute and nice, I'm gonna love him. She does start to have feelings, but they were never the main focus. It was just a smaller, sweeter side to the overall fighting for survival story. With so many insta-love stories out now, this was incredibly refreshing to not see that here. 

The main feud in this book is between the Aska and the Riki. They battle each other every five years. It was during the previous fighting season that Eelyn lost her brother Iri to battle. During this current one, is when she found out she didn't. One of the biggest themes in this book is betrayal. When Eelyn is captured by the Riki and sees her brother as part of them. She feels the ultimate betrayal. Her father and her grieved his loss for the past five years only to find out he's alive with the enemy. Why didn't he come back to his people? Why did he become one of the enemy? As she's forced to wait out the winter with the Riki, she learns how her brother survived that battle and how it shaped his decision to stay with the enemy. She's also forced to confront her newfound guilt. Once her father finds out Iri is alive, they both are forced to deal with their guilt now knowing they left Iri to die on the battlefield when he could have been saved. 

Eventually both the Aska and the Riki are devastated by attacks. Eelyn recognizes the attackers as the Herja. The clan that took her mother from her and Iri in a freak raid when they were kids. To the Riki however, the Herja were only legends. Both clans eventually come to realize they may need to work together for them both to survive. Change needs to happen. And it's Eelyn who leads this charge for change after what she's dealt with with Iri and the Riki. 

I thought how the events unfolded throughout the book set up for a beautiful ending. I will not spoil it, but it was well executed. I found it incredibly satisfying that it wrapped up like it did and didn't leave massive cliffhangers. I really loved this book! It's definitely going on my favorites shelf!


Discussion: How My Reading/Blogging Has Evolved Over The Years

So I've been thinking a lot about how my reading and blogging habits have changed since I started this blog. So I'm finally putting that into words!

Topic:
How My Reading/Blogging Has Evolved Since 2011!

Ok, keep in mind I was on hiatus during 2016 & most of 2017. So when I mention before, its refering to 2011-2015ish. 

So here we go. 

1. My Reading Interests/Habits

So when I started this blog, I did it to review Young Adult books. They were my love and focus in 2011, and they stayed my focus until I went on hiatus. Since I've come back though, I've found myself being interested in New Adult and Adult as well. So my YA blog has become more of an eclectic blog. But I have no problem with this! I feel like I got lucky when I named my blog Hope, Faith & Books since it didn't scream I READ YA, so this change isn't a big deal.

I've also stopped stressing about reading a certain amount of books a week or reading very specific books I've chosen previously. Sure I have a pile of books I want to get to soon, but I'm not forcing myself to read them. I'm reading what I feel like reading. And I'm enjoying reading more because of it!

2. Reading/Blogging Challenges


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I used to sign up for a lot of challenges, like 10+. And I ended up failing a bunch of them. Now I've been trying to choose them more wisely. So this year I've only signed up for 6 challenges. Most I chose intentionally, a few for fun. But the best part is a lot work with each other! A fair amount of my books count for multiple challenges! They are:


3. Fear of Hosting Things

So I used to wanna co-host or host things back in like 2012-2013 but I was always so scared of it and never did it. I finally have got over that fear. At the end of last year, Tracy @ Cornerfolds, the previous host of the Dystopia Reading Challenge announced she wouldn't be hosting it again, but had not found anyone to take it over. After debating on whether to offer to take it over for a few days, I finally got up the nerve and emailed her and offered.


And as you can tell, I did. And you know what, I'm glad I got over that fear! I'm hosting the challenge for my favorite genre of books! I'm enjoying it! And because of it, I'm also hosting a few read-alongs along with the challenge. The first read-along actually starts in a week, it's linked on the sidebar! And I'm a lot more open to the idea of co-hosting things with others as well!

*sidenote, I was going for a different gif but the whovian in me saw this one*

4. Posting & Commenting

I always felt like I needed to get posts up. I felt like if I didn't get so many reviews posted a week, certain memes done every week that I was failing my followers. I've calmed a lot. I post when I want. The only thing I can guarantee you is scheduled every week is the New Releases post. But that's cuz I like my followers knowing what's out every week. Plus it helps me keep track. But now, I post a top ten or a can't wait Wednesday when I want. Not every week. I also don't stress about reviews. I'm honestly happy if I get one up during the week. I no longer feel pressure to review 3-4 books every week.

I've also worked on the commenting. I actually was really bad with comments before. I would do a lot of commenting on hops, but never commented back on my own stuff. Now, I make it a priority to reply to everyone who comments on my posts. And then go and visit their posts and other peoples. I also suck at commenting on reviews and discussions. So one of my big goals this year is getting better at commenting on those and talking more with other bloggers! :)


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5. Followers & ARC's

Ok, I admit it. Before, I was stressed out about not having enough followers. I was always concerned my count wasn't going up fast enough. I was definitely jealous of those with tons more followers than me. But since I've come back. It doesn't bother me. Do I like having people follow me? Sure I do. Who doesn't? But am I concerned? No. I'm happy when I get a few new genuine followers here and there. You know why? Because they saw that they liked my posts and wanted to follow. I'd rather have genuine followers than tons who follow just for a giveaway and unfollow later. 

ARC's. I also used to be one of those people that requested tons on NetGalley. I ended up with a bunch of books I didn't get to, a lot of overlapping release dates, and stress. Now, I have 8 current books for review before release. 1 in April, 2 in May, 2 in June, 2 in July and 1 in September. That is much more manageable. I can definitely manage 2 review books a month. And I'm glad I got my requesting under control on there. I never got into requesting a bunch of physical ARC's. But I'm holding to my idea of only trying to request ones I REALLY REALLY want a physical copy of.


So tell me, how has your reading and blogging evolved?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: 
Books That Take Place In Another Country

1. Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum - France
2. Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman - Netherlands, India, Mexico
3. London (Surviving The Evacuation #1) by Frank Tayell - UK
5. The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1) by Megan Crewe - Canada

6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor - Czech Republic
7. Extras (Uglies #4) by Scott Westerfeld - Japan
8. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen - Germany
9. Leviathan (Leviathan #1) by Scott Westerfeld - Austria, UK
10. Flirting In Italian (Flirting In Italian #1) by Lauren Henderson - Italy

New Releases: Week of March 27, 2018

I Have Lost My Way
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Publication Date: March 27, 2018

A powerful story of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help­ing the others out of theirs.

An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and discovering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best­selling author Gayle Forman at her finest.


Not If I Save You First
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: March 27, 2018

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Internet.
And not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it's okay. After all, she's the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.

But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.

Other New Releases This Week: 
The Continent (The Continent #1) by Keira Drake (3/27/18) [Harlequin Teen]
Lost Crow Conspiracy (Blood Rose Rebellion #2) by Rosalyn Eves (3/27/18) [Knopf BYR]
And She Was by Jessica Verdi (3/27/18) [Scholastic]
In Her Skin by Kim Savage (3/27/18) [FSG]
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi (3/27/18) [Simon & Schuster BYR]
The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom (3/27/18) [Feiwel & Friends]
Risen (Blood Eternal #1) by Cole Gibsen (3/27/18) [Entangled Teen]
The Way The Light Bends by Cordelia Jensen (3/27/18) [Philomel]
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (3/27/18) [Tor]
Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood (3/27/18) [Flux]
Frat Girl by Kiley Roache (3/27/18) [Harlequin Teen]

Stacking The Shelves [#92]/Sunday Post [#24]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


So a few weeks ago in a top ten I mentioned how I wanted The Demon Trapper's Daughter as a book I started but never got the chance to finish due to holds at the library. Well, low and behold, for the first time ever, I found it at my used bookstore. But not just book 1, but 2 & 3 as well! Score!! :D Truly Devious I scored last weekend when it was marked down to $1.99 for a daily deal. And I got the hardcover of Caraval marked down to $7.10 at Barnes & Noble in the discount section!


Thanks to NetGalley & Flatiron Books for this! :D 


Guys, I really have to suggest this book! It's a zombie apocalypse book. It starts a little slow, but its so good. And probably the most realistic in terms of survival in that situation. It's an awesome read!

Ok guys, I know a bunch of you have been interested in the updates on Ana's eye issue. So here's a good one. She got her glasses this week!!! And guys, they look so cute on her! And even better, I really think they are helping! She seems more confident in things now. I genuinely think she was struggling some cuz she was having trouble seeing. Me and James are so incredibly happy that she has her glasses now and she's seeing better. :D 

Besides that, not much else has happened this week. I've been working behind the scenes on the blog. Scheduling posts and whatnot. Also, I decided to join the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge! So let me know if you have any topics you want to discuss! :) If you happen to suggest a topic I use, I'll definitely give you a shout out in the post! :)

As always, there's lots of time to sign-up for the Dystopia Reading Challenge! I'd love to have you! For more info, just click the button.


Also, there's still some time left to sign up for the Red Queen Read-Along! Its low stress, only a few chapters each week. Whether your just starting the series like me, or want to reread Red Queen (and then the 2nd & 3rd books) before War Storm comes out, your all welcome for the read-along! :) For more info, also click its button!

  • Review of Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
  • Review of The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories #1) by Bernard Cornwell
  • Review of Wasteland (Surviving The Evacuation #2) by Frank Tayell
  • March Wrap-Up

Review: London by Frank Tayell

London (Surviving The Evacuation #1)
Author: Frank Tayell
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Pages: 202
Format: Kindle/Own

The outbreak started in New York. Within days the infection had spread to every corner of the world. Nowhere is safe from the undead...

Bill watched from his window as London was evacuated. His leg broken, he is unable to join the exodus. Turning to his friends in the government, he waits and hopes for rescue. As the days turn into weeks, realising inaction will lead only to starvation and death, his thoughts turn to escape.

Forced to leave the safety of his home he ventures out into the undead wasteland that once was England, where he will discover a horrific secret.

This is the first volume of his journal.


Review: I got this for free from Amazon. And after reading some of the reviews, it kind of made me put off reading it. But I've kinda been on a zombie kick the past few days so I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did. Despite some of the bad reviews talking about how dull and slow they thought it was, I didn't have the same type of reaction. Well, ok, I'll admit it was a little slow in the beginning. But I didn't think it was slow in the boring, snooze fest way. I thought it was slow, reading about being in the same building for ages way. That's all.

It took some time for our main character Bill to leave his London flat, but that was to be expected. When the outbreak happened, he had literally just broken his leg. He can't just run from his flat and expect to survive with a freshly broken leg. So we see him surviving and planning his escape while giving his leg at least some time to heal, though not as long as anyone would like to have.

I thought this book was great, despite its slower start because it was realistic! We don't see someone running around smashing the head of every single zombie or finding loads upon loads of stores of food. We see Bill making do and survive with what he has been brought or what he could find in his building. We see him rummaging through his neighbors flats (who are long gone), see him finding anything he can use to store water, trying not to make so much noise as to attract tons of zombies to his building. He was really surviving how most of us would survive if this happened. He was also smart about things. He tried to really plan out his moves. Trying to get to the car in front of his flat to check it? Made a plan. Found a safe place to hide after being chased away from his street, made a new plan. He tried to plan out where he was trying to go, what to look for, etc. He didn't just try to run willy nilly and hope for the best every time he did something. I also liked how this book showed him being human. He wasn't paying attention checking a building and almost got taken down. He was riding the bike and had some mishaps because of the infected appearing or knocking him off. This book was realistic about survival.

I also liked that unlike a lot of other books/tv shows etc. We actually found out what caused the outbreak in the first place. It wasn't just hidden away for us to never know. We find out of course, that human experimentation gone wrong was the cause for this. I won't spoil what the experimenting actually was, but we actually get a cause! I spend so much time after reading other zombie books wondering what caused the outbreak in the first place. It's satisfying knowing for once. We also get to find out whether anyone can be immune to it.

Another big thing I liked about this book was that it takes place in London. Most zombie books I've read take place in the US, so it was really nice reading about another country, city, geographic region. I'm also excited that as the story progresses and we meet other characters, we'll also end up in Scotland and Ireland.


Cover Reveal: Wind Rider by P.C. Cast

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us Wind Rider, an epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders, in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear.

But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack, or will Mari and Nik and their people be rejected by the mighty Riders and be forced to flee for their lives? And what happens when a rogue Lead Stallion gets too close to the Pack, rejecting all Wind Riders and turning to a stranger for companionship instead?

In the next installment of the Tales of a New World series love and goodness are put to the ultimate test. Will the Wind Riders and the Pack be strong enough to withstand the God of Death? Will the Great Goddess of Life awaken to join the battle, and if so, will it be as Death’s consort, or will the Goddess stand with Mari and her people against the great love of her eternal life?


Expected Publication Date: October 16, 2018